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Global paper industry - statistics & facts

The role of paper remains important in the digital age, with this ubiquitous material still used daily for many purposes worldwide. In fact, the global production of paper and cardboard totals more than 400 million metric tons each year. The most produced type of paper is packaging paper and board, which has been growing in demand in recent years due to the online shopping boom.

The two largest paper producing countries in the world are China and the United States. While paper production in the United States has been declining, production in China has increasing significantly in the past decade.

Leading global paper companies

Based on revenue, the largest paper company in the world is the U.S. based International Paper. In 2020, International Paper reported a revenue of more 20 billion U.S. dollars. The U.S. is home to a number of the leading paper companies, but other key players operating in the global paper industry are Oji Paper Company, based in Japan, and UPM-Kymmene, based in Finland. These companies are involved in the manufacturing of various grades of paper, such as containerboard, paper packaging, printing papers, and newsprint.

Global paper consumption

With some 422 million metric tons of paper consumed globally in 2018, the world's paper consumption is roughly equal to the amount of paper produced annually. The largest paper consuming country worldwide is China, which in 2018 consumed more 100 million metric tons of paper and paperboard. This was followed by the United States and Japan, who in the same year consumed 70.6 million metric tons and 25.5 million metric tons, respectively. The most in-demand type of paper worldwide is containerboard, which is used to make corrugated boxes (or cardboard) and is typically used for packaging solutions.

Paper recycling industry

Since paper can be classified as a renewable resource, recovery is crucial within the paper industry. Paper and cardboard accounts for almost 20 percent of global municipal solid waste generation, but it also has one the highest recycling rates of any waste materials. For example, paper and paperboard accounts for roughly half the volume of municipal solid waste recycled in the U.S.



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Global paper industry - statistics & facts

The role of paper remains important in the digital age, with this ubiquitous material still used daily for many purposes worldwide. In fact, the global production of paper and cardboard totals more than 400 million metric tons each year. The most produced type of paper is packaging paper and board, which has been growing in demand in recent years due to the online shopping boom.

The two largest paper producing countries in the world are China and the United States. While paper production in the United States has been declining, production in China has increasing significantly in the past decade.

Leading global paper companies

Based on revenue, the largest paper company in the world is the U.S. based International Paper. In 2020, International Paper reported a revenue of more 20 billion U.S. dollars. The U.S. is home to a number of the leading paper companies, but other key players operating in the global paper industry are Oji Paper Company, based in Japan, and UPM-Kymmene, based in Finland. These companies are involved in the manufacturing of various grades of paper, such as containerboard, paper packaging, printing papers, and newsprint.

Global paper consumption

With some 422 million metric tons of paper consumed globally in 2018, the world's paper consumption is roughly equal to the amount of paper produced annually. The largest paper consuming country worldwide is China, which in 2018 consumed more 100 million metric tons of paper and paperboard. This was followed by the United States and Japan, who in the same year consumed 70.6 million metric tons and 25.5 million metric tons, respectively. The most in-demand type of paper worldwide is containerboard, which is used to make corrugated boxes (or cardboard) and is typically used for packaging solutions.

Paper recycling industry

Since paper can be classified as a renewable resource, recovery is crucial within the paper industry. Paper and cardboard accounts for almost 20 percent of global municipal solid waste generation, but it also has one the highest recycling rates of any waste materials. For example, paper and paperboard accounts for roughly half the volume of municipal solid waste recycled in the U.S.



Interesting statistics

In the following 7 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "Paper industry worldwide".

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